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Blind Blake guitar tabs for Police dog blues acoustic

Guitar tabs with lyrics

Tuning: Drop A chord diagramD MajorD (A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB A chord diagramE MajorE)

Key: A chord diagramD MajorD

Difficulty: Intermediate

Police Dog Blues
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Blind Blake originally, but this is the Blues Willis version
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140 bpm
Intro:
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----2--------------0-------------|-0-------------|---0----0-----||
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||---0---3bp0-------2---2-0---------|---3-2p0-------|--------------||
A chord diagramF#F#||----------------------------0-----|-----------0---|------0-----0-||
A chord diagramD MajorD ||--------------------------3---0---|---------3---0-|----0-----0---||
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-0----------0-1-2-------0---------|---------------|--------------||
A chord diagramD MajorD ||--------------------------------0-|---------------|-0------0-----||


Verse 1:
All my life I’ve, been a traveling man...
A chord diagramD MajorD ||---0-----0-----|-----------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||---------------|---2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#||-------0-----0-|-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----0-----0---|-----0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0-------0-----|-----------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

All my life I’ve, been a traveling man.
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------1-------1-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-------0-------0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-2-------2-------2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

Staying alone, doin’ the best I can.
A chord diagramD MajorD |---2--------------0-------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----3bp0-------2---2-0---------|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------0-----|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------3---0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0--------0-1-2-------0---------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------0-|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

I hauled my trunk, down to Tennessee...
A chord diagramD MajorD |---0-----0-----|-----------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---------------|---2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------0-----0-|-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-----0---|-----0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-0-------0-----|-----------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

I hauled my trunk, down to Tennessee.
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------1-------1-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-------0-------0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-2-------2-------2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

Hard to tell, ‘bout a man like me.
A chord diagramD MajorD |---2--------------0-------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----3bp0-------2---2-0---------|-----3-2p0-------|---------------||
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------0-----|-------------0---|-------0-----0-||
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------3---0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0--------0-1-2-------0---------|-----------------|---------------||
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------0-|-0---------------|-0-------0-----||


First Solo:
A chord diagramD MajorD ||----7----7-------7----9------|-12*-------------12*---------12*-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-8b---8b---8r-8b---8b---8r---|-----12*-------------12*---------|
A chord diagramF#F#||-----------------------------|---------12*-------------12*-----|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----------------------------|-------------12*-----------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-0---------------------------|---------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||--------------0------------0-|---------------------------------|

A chord diagramD MajorD |---------0-----0-|-3p2p0---------------|-0-------------|---0-----0-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-------2---2-----|-------3p2p0---------|---3-2p0-------|-----------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------------1---|---------------0-----|-----------0---|-------0---|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-------------3---0---|---------3---0-|-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0-1-2-----------|---------------------|---------------|-----------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------|-------------------0-|---------------|-0-------0-|

A chord diagramD MajorD |---------0---0---0---0---|-0-------------|---0-----0-----||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---------0---0---0---0---|---3-2p0-------|---------------||
A chord diagramF#F#|-0-1-2-3---3---2---1---0-|-----------0---|-------0-----0-||
A chord diagramD MajorD |-0-2-3-4---4---3---2---0-|---------3---0-|-----0-----0---||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-------------------------|---------------|---------------||
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----------------------0-|---------------|-0-------0-----||


Verse 2:
     A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramA augmentedA
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0---0---2-||
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-0---2---0-||
A chord diagramF#F#||-0---1---1-||
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0---0---2-||
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-0---2---0-||
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0---------||

A chord diagramD MajorD               A chord diagramG+G                       A chord diagramD MajorD
I met a girl I, couldn’t get her off my mind...
A chord diagramG+G                                       A chord diagramD MajorD
I met a girl I, couldn’t get her off my mind.
A chord diagramA augmentedA                        A chord diagramG+G                  A chord diagramD MajorD
She passed me up sayin’, she didn’t like my kind...
A chord diagramD MajorD                     A chord diagramG+G                   A chord diagramD MajorD
I’m scared to bother, ‘round her house at night...
A chord diagramG+G                                         A chord diagramD MajorD
I’m scared to bother, ‘round her house at night.
A chord diagramA augmentedA                        A chord diagramG+G                   A chord diagramD MajorD
She got a police dog an’ he’s spoilin’ for a fight...


Second Solo:
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----------X-----------X---------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-----------X-----------X---------------------------|
A chord diagramF#F#||-0-1-2-3-0-X-0-1-2-3-0-X-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-0-1-2-3-0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0-2-3-4-0-X-0-2-3-4-0-X-0-2-3-4-0-2-3-4-0-2-3-4-0-|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||-----------X-----------X---------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----------X-----------X---------------------------|

A chord diagramD MajorD |---------0-----0-3p2p0---0-----------|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-------2---2-----------3---3p2p0-----|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------------1---------------------0-|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------3---|---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0-1-2-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-------------------------------------|-0---2---3---4---0---2---3---4-|

A chord diagramD MajorD |---2--------------0-------------|-0---------------||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0---3bp0-------2---2-0---------|---3-2-0---------||
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------0-----|-----------0-----||
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------3---0---|---------3---0---||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |----------0-1-2-------0---------|-----------------||
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------0-|---------------0-||



Verse 3:
His name is Rambler, and when he gets the chance...
A chord diagramD MajorD ||---0-----0-----|-----------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||---------------|---2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#||-------0-----0-|-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-----0-----0---|-----0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA ||---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD ||-0-------0-----|-----------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

His name is Rambler, and when he gets the chance,
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------1-------1-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-------0-------0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-2-------2-------2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

He leaves his mark on, everybody’s pants.
A chord diagramD MajorD |---2--------------0-------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-----3bp0-------2---2-0---------|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|--------------------------0-----|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------3---0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0--------0-1-2-------0---------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |------------------------------0-|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

I guess I’ll travel, I guess I’ll, let her be...
A chord diagramD MajorD |---0-----0-----|-----------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---------------|---2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------0-----0-|-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-----0---|-----0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---------------|-2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-0-------0-----|-----------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

I guess I’ll travel, I guess I’ll, let her be...
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---2-------2-------2-------2-----|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|-------1-------1-------1-------1-|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----0-------0-------0-------0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-2-------2-------2-------2-------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |---------------------------------|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

Before she sets that police dog on me...
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----2--------------0-------------|---0-------------|---0-----0-----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---0---3bp0-------2---2-0---------|-----3-2p0-------|---------------|
A chord diagramF#F#|----------------------------0-----|-------------0---|-------0-----0-|
A chord diagramD MajorD |--------------------------3---0---|-----------3---0-|-----0-----0---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0----------0-1-2-------0---------|-----------------|---------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD |--------------------------------0-|-0---------------|-0-------0-----|

Before she sets that dog on, dog on me...
A chord diagramD MajorD |-----2--------------0-------------|-0-----------------------------12*--||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |---0---3bp0-------2---2-0---------|---3-2-------------12*-----12*------||
A chord diagramF#F#|----------------------------0-----|-------2-3-------------12*----------||
A chord diagramD MajorD |--------------------------3---0---|-----------3h4p3-0------------------||
A chord diagramA augmentedA |-0----------0-1-2-------0---------|------------------------------------||
A chord diagramD MajorD |--------------------------------0-|------------------------------------||

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'b' = bend
'p' = pull-off
'h' = hammer-on
'*' = harmonic
'X' = percussive hit of strings with the palm of your hand

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This is my interpretation of the Blues Willis version of this absolute classic open A chord diagramD MajorD blues song
by Blind Blake.
Played on either a steel string acoustic or a resonator, depending on what kind of sound you want.
There is also a version by Hugh Laurie played in open E, a great version of the song, and he did it
in very much his own style, slower and more reminiscent of the New Orleans style found in his 'Let
Them Talk (special edition)' album.

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